aboriginal identity

Canadian government found liable for native children taken from families in “Sixties Scoop”

  • A Canadian judge ruled Tuesday in favor of thousands of indigenous children — now full-grown adults — who filed a class-action lawsuit against the government for forcibly removing them from their families between 1965 and 1984 in what became known as the “Sixties Scoop." 
  • According to the Guardian, those children were adopted by nonindigenous families as part of what plaintiffs alleged was a systematic effort to erase their cultural identity.
  • "The ‘scooped’ children lost contact with their families,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba wrote in his decision. “They lost their aboriginal language, culture and identity.” Read more (2/14/17 5:08 PM)

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Canadian judge rules in favor of forcibly adopted First Nations survivors
Government is responsible for trauma of 16,000 indigenous children removed from families in ‘Sixties Scoop’ between 1965 and 1984, judge said

After a bitter legal battle that has lasted nearly a decade, a Canadian judge has ruled that the government is liable for the harm inflicted on thousands of First Nations children who were forcibly removed from their families and adopted by non-indigenous families.

Between 1965 and 1984, around 16,000 indigenous children were fostered or put up for adoption in an episode which became known as the “Sixties Scoop”.

Ontario superior court justice Edward Belobaba’s ruling Tuesday found in favour of survivors of the operation and their families, who argued that the forced removal robbed the children of their cultural identity and caused emotional damage that has resonated for generations.

“There is … no dispute that great harm was done,” Belobaba wrote. “The ‘scooped’ children lost contact with their families. They lost their aboriginal language, culture and identity. Neither the children nor their foster or adoptive parents were given information about the children’s aboriginal heritage or about the various educational and other benefits that they were entitled to receive. The removed children vanished ‘scarcely without a trace’.”

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“With Moana’s release, I’m hoping the movie will be a success and that will encourage Disney to take on more cultures. Personally, I would love to see a film based on Aboriginal Australia. I, being of Aboriginal heritage myself, don’t see my culture get represented a lot, even in Australia! I think it would also be a great opportunity for Disney to represent mixed-race people of my culture because our “culture, not colour, is the heart of our Aboriginal identity.”

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Little girl receives an outpouring of love after being told “Queen Elsa isn’t black"

Samara, 3, recently confronted racism head on when a strange woman said to her, “I don’t know why you’re dressed up for, because Queen Elsa isn’t black.”  The moment was traumatizing for Samara — but her spirits changed when the letters and messages started rolling in.

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence for Inner City NAIDOC. This was a community event celebrating culture, language and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They had dancers, music, and poetry by little children!

Photo: The Other Sociologist.

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Linda Burney made history on Wednesday by becoming the first aboriginal woman to become a member of Australia’s Parliament.

Burney — a member of the of Wiradjuri people — was sworn in by her fellow tribeswomen while wearing a kangaroo skin cloak to become an MP for the House of Representatives.

Burney, a Labor Party MP representing New South Wales of Barton in Sydney, gave a powerful speech about her journey as a woman indigenous to Australia. (Watch)

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The man who renounced Australia

Canberra press gallery journalist Jeremy Geia has walked away from his job, given up his passport and reverted to his tribal name, Murrumu Walubara Yidindji. He tells Paul Daley why he decided to ‘leave Australia’ while remaining on the continent – and that he still loves English breakfast tea.

This is extremely important. I can’t wait to hear more from Murrumu and his journey on getting back to country and living the old ways. 

Oh, so you’re ‘half-Aboriginal’? Which half? Can’t be the half with the brain 'cause you sound stupid right now! I always find it offensive when someone says that; it’s a throwback to the old days where we were measured and judged on the amount of 'native blood’ we had - the less we had, the better chance they had at saving us from our inherently evil ways. Fast-forward to today; you don’t mind having that Aboriginal Identified job, yeah? You ticked 'yes’ to being Aboriginal on all the paperwork, yeah? You don’t have 'half’ of the job or receive 'half’ of the income, so why are you 'half-Aboriginal’? I have no say in how people identify, that’s personal; what I can speak on is the nature of Aboriginality and our history. Our existence is one of celebration in the face of adversity. The nature of our struggle means there are NO half measures. You either are Aboriginal or you are not. Even if you don’t want to face it, trust me, there’s always some non-Aboriginal person out there to remind you. Solidarity people! We need to embrace each other and love who we are; goodness knows the world is hard enough for our people without all of the self-denial.

No English words are good enough to give a sense of the links
between an Aboriginal group and its homeland. Our word ‘home’,
warm and suggestive though it be, does not match the Aboriginal
word that may mean camp, hearth, country, everlasting home,
totem place, life source, spirit centre and much else all in one.
Our word 'land’ is too spare and meagre.
—  W.E.H. Stanner, (1968) ’After the Dreaming' Boyer Lecture
I hope that by unravelling my own forty-plus years of life as an Aboriginal person that the general Australian reading public and students in our schools and colleges come to appreciate without criticism or concern, the diversity and complexity of Aboriginal identity in the twenty-first century, and that the power of self-identity and representation is a right we should all enjoy.
—  Anita Heiss, from Am I Black Enough for You?

there’s been so much on my dash tonight talking abt australian Aboriginal identity & knowing that while we are so firmly Indigenous, that we are only ever seen as ‘white’ & how painful that is especially when we know the history behind why so many of us are like this, & bringing light to the fact that Aboriginal blackness & black identity & the context surrounding it so much different than in the usa

& i am actually crying because there are so many people who feel upset & guilty & sometimes confused like i do, & at the same time i’m relieved bc i’m not the only one who feels like this?

dear-monosexuals, please apologize in a separate post, not on any reblog add-ons, for the identity erasing and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous comments you made. Be transparent with your followers. What you said was racist and not only did you hurt the person you were attacking and invalidating, you hurt many others as well. I’d normally give up on things like this because the last few interactions with you/your mods have been very difficult and draining, but people invalidating Indigenous identities is such a common occurrence and I’m not gonna let it stand anymore. 

anonymous asked:

Why do you consider Aboriginals black? Can't Aboriginals have their own identity...? In Aboriginal Australia alone there are thousands of languages (that are mostly dead now) shouldn't we be in our own category?

I don’t just consider us to be Black, we are Black. We have always identified as Black and have always been seen as Black. We come from many different nations that speak different languages, yes, but we are Black peoples.